August 17, 2017 / 10:44 PM / a year ago

Spanish PM says Barcelona van attack result of 'jihadist terrorism'

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy presides over an extraordinary cabinet meeting at Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the van attack in Barcelona on Thursday that has killed at least 13 people was “jihadist terrorism” which required a global response.

“Today the fight against terrorism is the principal priority for free and open societies like ours. It is a global threat and the response has to be global,” Rajoy told a news conference in Barcelona.

He said he would call on other Spanish political parties to reaffirm the country’s anti-terrorism pact.

Reporting by Angus Berwick and Carlos Ruano; Editing by Julien Toyer

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